The Shearing Competition and A Little Surprise

With 4 weeks of shearing school behind the students, it was time to compete in the shearing competition for a place on the trophy. A group from each week chose 2 shearers and 2 rousys each to compete in the competition to be judged on shearing technique and wool handling skills.

Before the competition begun, we got what we were promised at the start of the school, the chance to watch Brad the shearer, shear blindfolded!

Shearing blindfolded

Shearing blindfolded

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After being wowed by the what seemed effortless blindfolded shear, it was time for the competition to begin! (Que pictorial..)

The first team, 'The Cutters' member Ollie competing.

The first team, ‘The Cutters’ member Ollie competing.

Fleece on the table

Fleece on the table

Kate and Summer of the all girls team

Kate and Summer of the all girls team

Team 4, busy on the board

Team 4, busy on the board

Skirting a Fleece

Skirting a Fleece

Throwing a fleece across the table

Throwing a fleece across the table

All Girls Team!

All Girls Team!

With the competition over and scores added up, it was presentation time. It was a close placing with only a few points between the first 3 teams, 2 of the winning team’s competitors also took out the Best Female and Best Male shearer awards, an awesome sweep to end the day!

Winner are grinners, Best Male Shearer, Baz and Best Female Shearer, Summer followed by rousy Laura and Shearer Rhys.

Winner are grinners, Best Male Shearer, Baz and Best Female Shearer, Summer followed by Rousy, Laura and Shearer, Rhys.

But that was not the end of the day for me, a surprise awaited me. My Gelbvieh heifer in calf to a Murray Grey at home was starting to go into labour and at 9.30pm last night gave birth to a lovely little heifer calf with no problems! A lovely surprise for Mum and I who are absolutely in love with the new addition ‘Fran’ (who unfortunately I won’t get to meet for another 5 weeks!)

Newborn!

Newborn!

Clever heifer

Clever heifer

Fluffy Fran!

Fluffy Fran!

Overall, a great week done and dusted! At the end of this week I’ll be heading over to National Beef in Bendigo and I look forward to giving you an update on it’s brilliance! (and maybe spam you further with pictures of Fran!)

Em

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